Opportunities for Students

The Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School welcomes students from across the Boston area who are interested in negotiation, mediation, and conflict management. Advancing issues of negotiation is central to our mission of helping individuals become more effective leaders. That’s why we offer students access to expert insights, internship opportunities, funding for research, and more.

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We host various events throughout the year, including conversations with world leaders, film series, book discussions, and seminars on current negotiation and mediation tactics employed around the globe. For details about upcoming events, click here.

Fall Grant Programs:
Graduate Student Grant Applications due Nov. 2
Next Generation Grant Applications due Nov. 16


PON provides fellowship and grant opportunities to help qualified individuals pursue academic research and projects in the field of negotiation.

Graduate Research Fellowships
Graduate Research Fellowships are designed to encourage young scholars from the social sciences and professional disciplines to pursue theoretical, empirical, and/or applied research in negotiation and dispute resolution. Each fellow receives a $30,000 stipend for one year of dissertation research and writing in negotiation and related topics in alternative dispute resolution. The fellowship also provides full access to PON facilities and Harvard libraries. To learn more, click here.

Summer Fellowships
Summer fellowship grants focus on the connection between scholarship and practice in negotiation and dispute resolution by supporting students interested in exploring career paths, either professional or academic. Summer fellowships provide students at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, and other Boston-area schools with up to $3,500 for internships or summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, nonprofit, or academic organizations. To apply, click here.

Graduate Student Grants
Our Student Grants program supports cutting-edge research projects in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution at the graduate level. Grants are awarded for specific research projects in amounts of up to $1,000. Students from any Boston-area school may apply. To learn more, click here.

Next Generation Grants
Next Generation Grants support research in negotiation and conflict resolution by nontenured faculty and doctoral students. Faculty and students from any school or department within PON’s interuniversity consortium (Harvard, MIT, Tufts) may apply. Postdoctoral students with formal affiliations to Harvard or one of our consortium schools are also welcome to apply. Doctoral student grants are limited to $5,000; nontenured, tenure-track faculty grants are limited to $10,000. To learn more, click here.


PON Seminars
PON runs two semester-length courses designed to increase public awareness and understanding of successful conflict resolution. Programs provide participants with a conceptual framework and practical advice for professional and personal development in dispute resolution.

These courses are open to the public and draw participants from a wide range of disciplines, professional fields, and life experiences.

Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Programs
Harvard Law School offers a number of negotiation and mediation opportunities in addition to the offerings at PON:

Consortium & Boston Area Schools

PON Staff   •  08/12/2008   •  Filed in Consortium Schools & Other Boston Area Universities

For additional information about the current offerings at PON’s consortium schools and other Boston area universities offering courses in conflict resolution and negotiation please visit their websites:

Harvard Business School
Harvard Law School
Harvard University
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Brandeis University
Simmons College
UMass Boston
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Professor Frank Earnest Arnold Sander

PON Staff   •  06/16/2008   •  Filed in Dispute Resolution Directory

For more than three decades, Professor Frank E. A. Sander has been a leader in the field of alternative dispute resolution. His publications and papers — widely used in law schools throughout the country — have been important contributions to the acceptance and growth of the field. One of his earlier papers put forth the … Read More 

2010 PON Online Internship Fair (February 25-March 11, 2010)

PON Staff   •  06/07/2008   •  Filed in Opportunities for Students, Student Events

2010 PON Online Internship Fair
The 6th Annual Program on Negotiation Internship Fair took place from February 25-March 11, 2010. This year, rather than having a fair on campus, we had a “virtual” internship fair with all of the opportunities posted here on our website from February 25th through March 11th, 2010. We hope that this … Read More 

Resolving Environmental Conflict through Traditional Peacemaking

PON Staff   •  04/15/2008   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

Over generations, isolation and assimilation pressures have threatened the self-sufficiency, health and cultural survival of Navajo Nation – an area the size of West Virginia with more than 250,000 residents on the Arizona-New Mexico border. Resource management problems of various kinds require urgent attention. Ineffective law enforcement has left the community divided over important land … Read More 

Dispute Systems Design Across Context and Continents

PON Staff   •  03/07/2008   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events, The Kelman Seminar, Webcasts

Please join us to learn more about dispute systems design and engage in what we anticipate will be a lively and thoughtful series of discussions. The Symposium is open to the public and admission is free.

Please RSVP by March 3 to hnlr@law.harvard.edu.

Featuring leading scholars and practitioners, including:

Ken Feinberg
Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim
Compensation … Read More 

Student Interest Group Fireside Chat with Prof. Lawrence Susskind

PON Staff   •  11/19/2007   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

Lawrence Susskind, Director of MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program and Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at MIT.

Professor Lawrence Susskind, a co-founder of PON, is currently Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, Director of the Environmental Policy and Planning Group at MIT, and Director of the Consensus Building Institute, a not-for-profit that provides environmental … Read More 

Brown Bag Lunch Series: PON 2007 Summer Fellows’ Presentations

PON Staff   •  10/05/2007   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

Join us as the 2007 PON Summer Fellows discuss their negotiation and conflict resolution related research and internships.

This is an especially valuable opportunity to learn more about the fellowship program if you are considering applying for a 2008 PON Summer Fellowship.

12:00 – 12:20pm, Scott Paltrowitz: International Rescue Committee, Thai-Burmese border, Thailand

12:20 – 12:40pm, Gu Yoon … Read More 

Student Interest Group Fireside Chat: Discussing Avenues for Careers in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

PON Staff   •  10/01/2007   •  Filed in Events, Opportunities for Students, Student Events

Robert Bordone, Director Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program and
HLS Thaddeus R. Beal Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Please join Professor Robert Bordone for the first chat of the 2007-2008 series. The PON Fireside Chats provide a venue where PON faculty share their experiences of entering and working in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution, … Read More 

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